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CDC Director: A Disease Outbreak Anywhere Is A Risk Everywhere

September 20, 2013 1:02 pm | by Dr. Tom Frieden | Articles | Comments

Keeping people safe is the role of public health agencies such as the CDC -- a role that becomes even more important every day. We are all connected by the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat, and the next outbreak may be just a plane ride away...

Antibacterial Envelope

September 19, 2013 10:56 am | by TYRX | TYRX, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TYRX’s AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope is a polypropylene mesh pouch/sleeve specifically designed to aid in the stabilization of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs), such as pacemakers or defibrillators (ICDs), as well as to help prevent surgical site infections associated with CIEDs.

Virus Or Bacteria? New Blood Test Could Help Curb Antibiotics Over-Use

September 19, 2013 9:34 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A new blood test may one day be able to tell whether an infection is bacterial or viral and may help cut down on the over-prescription of antibiotics, which has led to bacteria-resistant superbugs. This could be a game-changer for infection prevention and control efforts...


Patient Isolation Tied To Dissatisfaction With Care

September 18, 2013 11:09 am | News | Comments

Patient satisfaction has an increasing impact on hospitals' bottom lines, factoring into Medicare reimbursement of hospital care. A new study finds patients placed in Contact Precautions (Contact Isolation) were twice as likely to report perceived problems with care compared to patients without Contact Precautions, placing the common infection control practice at odds with hospital interests...

OxyCide Daily Disinfectant Cleaner

September 17, 2013 11:40 am | by Ecolab | Product Releases | Comments

Ecolab introduces OxyCide Daily Disinfectant Cleaner, a non-bleach sporicide developed for daily use in healthcare settings. OxyCide is proven effective in killing a broad spectrum of harmful bacteria and viruses, including Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) spores in three minutes and multi-drug resistant organisms and viruses in five minutes or less, helping hospitals to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Disposable Scrub Hats

September 17, 2013 11:22 am | by blue sky scrubs | Product Releases | Comments

blue sky scrubs offers Disposable Scrub Hats. Both the company's Disposable Pony Hats and Disposable Pixie Hats are made from ultra-modern, non-woven polypropylene, making them five times more durable than the conventional disposable bouffant hat. These hats are also designed with fit and function in mind.

Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectants

September 17, 2013 10:58 am | by Clorox Healthcare | Product Releases | Comments

Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectants are U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered to kill microorganisms on hard and soft surfaces. Healthcare facilities trust Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectants to disinfect hard surfaces quickly, and now they also kill bacteria on soft surfaces in 30 seconds.

Added Protection

September 16, 2013 3:43 pm | Articles | Comments

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes three hospital facilities - two in Allentown and one in Bethlehem, Pa.  Terry Burger, RN, the Director of Infection Control and Prevention for Lehigh Valley Health Network and an employee at the institution for the past 35 years, recently spoke about the network’s investment, implementation, and use of portable ultraviolet disinfection systems.


Educational Hand Hygiene Packaging

September 16, 2013 10:35 am | by PDI | Pdi-Professional Disposables International | Product Releases | Comments

PDI, owner of Sani-Hands Instant Hand Sanitizing wipes, announces the launch of new educational packaging to help aid in hand hygiene for patients and education at the bedside. Four educational “when to use” icons have been added to the Sani-Hands Bedside Pack to help healthcare staff communicate critical opportunities for patients to practice hand hygiene—after using the bathroom, before eating and drinking, after contact with others, and after coughing and sneezing.

Q&A: Proper OR Sterilization

September 13, 2013 5:07 pm | Articles | Comments

Dr. Hudson Garrett is currently employed as the Senior Director, Clinical Affairs for PDI. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry, a dual Masters in Nursing and Public Health, and a PhD In Healthcare Administration. In this interview he discusses methods of OR sterilization, their limiations, and how hospitals can get better results.


September 13, 2013 4:09 pm | by Anna Schenk, Editorial Intern, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Managing hospital waste is a complex but important process. Through the use of disposal products, protective equipment, prudent practices, and the implementation of fluid management systems, hospitals and other medical facilities are able to dispose of hospital waste in a way that minimizes the spread of infection. In general, the practices and safeguards are working. But there are still areas where hospitals can improve.


September 13, 2013 10:13 am | by JNJ Industries | Product Releases | Comments

JNJ Industries’ SmartHolder was designed specifically for JNJ's SuperSaturated SmartWipes canisters, to keep them readily available and easily accessible. The SmartHolder is made from rugged spring steel wire that expands easily for loading and unloading the canister. The white powder coat finish provides a clean and professional look that is suitable for all professional environments.

Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfectant Wipes And Spray

September 12, 2013 10:04 am | by Clorox Professional Products Company | Product Releases | Comments

Clorox Professional Products Company has announced the introduction of Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes and Spray, a new line of ready-to-use, one-step cleaner disinfectants engineered with a patented activated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) formula. These activated hydrogen peroxide products are registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill 32 bacteria and viruses in 30-seconds to one minute, the fastest non-bleach contact time available.


Surgery Anti-Fatigue Mats

September 9, 2013 11:33 am | by Medicus Health | Medicus Health | Product Releases | Comments

Medicus Health offers Surgery Anti-Fatigue Mats. These autoclavable and antimicrobial mats help reduce the leg and feet pain associated with standing during long cases for extended lengths of time.

Skin Prep Antiseptics

September 9, 2013 11:27 am | by Aplicare | Product Releases | Comments

Aplicare from Clorox Healthcare provides sterile preoperative skin preparation antiseptics. For product safety and patient care, these sterile skin antiseptics are designed to enhance an infection prevention program. The Aplicare sterile skin antiseptics are sterilized after the product has been placed in the packaging, offering a distinct difference from products with non-sterile formulas.

Mass. Hospital Also Used Surgical Equipment Exposed To Brain Disease

September 9, 2013 9:20 am | News | Comments

Health officials in Massachusetts said five patients in the state may have also been exposed to the fatal brain infection Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease because a specialized instrument used on the New Hampshire patient had been rented and reused at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.

N.H. Hospital May Have Exposed Patients To CJD

September 6, 2013 9:41 am | by John Gever | Articles | Comments

Health officials in New Hampshire said eight neurosurgery patients at one hospital in the state may have been unwittingly exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Surgical instruments used on a patient later given a tentative diagnosis of sporadic CJD were subsequently used in at least eight other patients after ordinary sterilization, which is not adequate to reliably eliminate the prion proteins responsible for CJD.

EssentiATM Towel

September 5, 2013 10:24 am | by Precision Fabrics Group | Product Releases | Comments

The EssentiATM towel, manufactured by Precision Fabrics Group (PFG) in Greensboro, NC, is made from an innovative nonwoven fabric that does not generate the amount of lint or the loose fibers associated with cotton fabric. It does, meanwhile, have absorbency and drapability characteristics that are equal or superior to those of cotton.

UV Disinfection System

September 4, 2013 10:30 am | by Steris | Product Releases | Comments

Steris now offers the PATHOGON UV Disinfection System, an automated, mobile system using germicidal ultraviolet light to reduce or kill pathogens on environmental surfaces. Germicidal UVC light has a proven history of reliable biocidal activity against a wide range of healthcare-associated pathogens. The PATHOGON system is designed for use as part of a complete cleaning and disinfection program, and has been shown to kill organisms such as Clostridium difficile, MRSA, VRE, Acinetobacter baumannii, Klebsiella pneumoniae and others.

Study: Hospital Infections Cost $9.8B Per Year

September 3, 2013 9:45 am | Articles | Comments

Americans could save billions of dollars in health care costs each year if hospitals did a better job of curbing preventable infections, according to a new study. Research released today by JAMA Internal Medicine found that infections acquired during the course of medical treatment cost $9.8 billion annually. Researchers reviewed published data from 1998 through April 2013 and adjusted the costs for inflation in 2012 dollars.

Robot Disinfects Hospital Room With A Zap

August 29, 2013 2:47 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The CDC has reported that one out of every 20 patients will contract an infection while in the hospital. At the Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colo., they are using a portable, room-disinfecting robot to pulse germicidal ultraviolet light to protect patients from potential infections. CBS Denver's health specialist Kathy Walsh reports.

Sonic Irrigator

August 29, 2013 2:28 pm | by Medisafe America | Product Releases | Comments

Medisafe America offers the Sonic Irrigator, PCF-designed and validated for the daVinci Endowrist instrument. The built in class II-Thermal low-level disinfection feature combines cleaning and disinfection steps into one process complete with; enzymatic detergent wash, lumen flushing with simultaneous ultrasonic cleaning cycle, finalized with a thermal rinse.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Diagnose Two Players With MRSA Infections

August 23, 2013 11:32 am | by Fred Goodall, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Tampa Bay guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes are being treated for MRSA infections. Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik confirmed Thursday that Nicks has an infected blister on the side of his left foot and Tynes has an infected toe on his right foot. The cases were diagnosed last week while the Bucs were in New England holding joint practices with the Patriots before a preseason game.


August 20, 2013 9:42 am | by Integrity Supply | Product Releases | Comments

New PurMist from Integrity Supply is the only full body sanitizer that uses natural essential oils, offers glove-like protection for the hands and is an eco-friendly product. PurMist moisturizes skin/hands and offers four hours of continual protection after each application.

New Study Identifies Hazards Leading To SSIs At Ambulatory Surgical Centers

August 14, 2013 3:19 pm | by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality | News | Comments

A recently completed AHRQ-funded study explores the use of a proactive risk assessment to identify hazards that can lead to surgical site infections (SSIs) in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting.  The report describes the use of a tool to estimate the risk of SSIs in the ambulatory surgery environment, examines single point failures as well as combinations of events that lead to the outcome of interest.

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